By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
in order to achieve lasting peace in the area, the primary victims of Kajuru crisis in the southern part of Kaduna State have urged the affected people to have the sprit of forgiveness.
Some of the participants at a monthly forum with the media on peace organized by Inter Faith Mediation Centre on Tuesday in Kaduna, Mrs Marwana Abubakar and her counterpart, Mrs Katherine Bernard made the call.
While narrating her ordeal, Mrs Bernard said she lost her husband and their only daughter during the crisis in Kajuru in 2018 and when the incident happened, she vowed not to speak or talk to any Muslim in the area or answer theiy greetings.
” But with a lot of training and enlightenment programme by various NGOs and peace activists, I learnt the importany of forgiveness and I have forgiven those that killed my husband and daughter and we are now living in peace, so we should always learn to forgive one another,” she said.
Also, Mrs Abubakar who lost her husband during the crisis, said that it is very painful to lost a loved one, most especially to see that those that killed him are people you live together with.
“But with a lot of programmes and enlightenment, we have learnt to let go of the past and and focus on the future of our children. We are calling on those affected by the crisis to learn how to forgive one another and also to stop the habit of reprisal attacks.
Hajiya Halima Ibrahim, Principal Communications Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North West Zone commended the victims for the bravery and having the sprit of forgiveness in their hearts.
She said, “with the experience of those women I can say that nothing can be compared to peace, violence is not an alternative to peace if we have peace there will be development”.
While speaking on NEMA’s role on disaster prevention, she said her agency handles humanitarian services and alleviating the suffering of people, distributing relief material to victims during before or after emergencies.
She noted that the attitude of people towards managing disaster is what leads to catastrophe.
Similarly, the Co -executive Director Interfaith Mediation Centre, Imam Muhammed Ashafa commended the women and also prayed that God would continue to guide and protect them.
While speaking on the efforts put in place by the centre to manage the trauma of the victims, Ashafa said it has been carrying out silent socio-psycho counselling for victims.
“Also about two hundred parents of Chibok Girls, we also worked to get them out of the trauma and many others,” he informed.